Just because it may be bedtime for you, doesn’t mean your kids may want to turn down just yet! A lot of parents struggle with ways to make their children’s bedtime easier. Unfortunately, there are no set rules when it comes to bed time because every child is different. Here are some tips and tricks to help get your children in bed at a decent hour.
Create a Routine…and Stick to it
Routine is everything in a child’s life, and it’ll make your life a whole lot easier by creating a routine that works for your family and sticking to it. A consistent nighttime routine will help your child learn to be sleepy and can also make bedtime a special time in their day. While there isn’t a routine that works for everyone, be sure to include everything your child will need to be ready for bed.
Allow you and your kids enough time to finish up the routine before it is time to sleep (about 15-30 minutes). This time period can include turning off electronics, brushing teeth, taking a bath or shower, putting pajamas on and even reading a story in bed. This bedtime ritual can be adjusted depending on what works for you and your family, but make sure to keep consistency in whatever you decide.
Make a Great Sleep Environment
The environment that your child sleeps in also plays a huge role in the quality of sleep they get. Their bedroom should be quiet, dark and comforting. Some children may need a little light in their room, so using a nightlight or cracking their bedroom door can work well. Try to limit noises throughout the house so there won’t be any interruptions once they have fallen asleep.
No Caffeine Before Bed
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…limit caffeine consumption during the day, especially before you’re trying to get your kids to go to bed. Caffeine is a stimulant and is not necessarily very healthy for children anyways. If you choose to let your child have a soft drink, try to make sure they are not consuming it within 3 hours before bedtime.
We understand that it can sometimes be a struggle to get the kids to sleep at a decent hour every night, let alone create a bedtime ritual and stick with it. It may take some trial and error to figure out what works for your children, but don’t give up on giving your child a great night’s sleep!